I am very attracted to the idea of unit studies. I love the notion of building a range of learning experiences around a central theme. However, many of them seem more well-suited to the plan-ahead homeschooler, and less adaptable to the more, um, spontaneous and opportunistic among us.
At least food is an easy and fast afterthought tie-in. So today, while we read The Magic Porridge Pot
the natural question was, "Do you know what porridge is?" Well, of course they do. I once made a production about serving some during reading time way back in my "we will Learn Something from the Three Bears" days. But that's okay, because this time it was their turn to demonstrate the knowledge. And instead of just eating the porridge, they asked me to teach them how to prepare it.
Yum. My kind of lesson.